Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Russia, Ukraine

“In accordance with agreements reached with Ukraine three Ukrainian ships … are being towed to a location agreed with the Ukrainian side for their handover, which will take place on Nov. 18,” Crimea’s border service said on Sunday, according to Russian news agencies.Continue reading

Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Russia, Ukraine

Ukraine’s new leader said he called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to urge him to help halt fighting in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he asked the Russian leader to “influence the other side so that they stop killing our people.” Zelenskiy’s call came a day after four Ukrainian soldiers were killed by pro-Russia insurgents. Separatist rebels said they were returning fire after Ukrainian shelling of a school.Most Popular ‘Russia Must Return Control Over Every Millimeter of Ukrainian Side’ – Volodymyr Zelenskiy Says Russia Stark Warning to Ukraine: Martial Law Will Trigger Hostilities Europe Rejects Ukraine’s Poroshenko Call to Punish Russia Over Kiev Incident Trump Abruptly Cancels G-20 Meeting With Putin Over Ukraine Crisis Russia’s Vladimir Putin Blames Ukraine For Standoff Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Wants to Swap Prisoner With Russia The Kremlin said in its take on the call that Putin emphasized that the Ukrainian troops should stop shelling residential areas since that results in civilian casualties. The conflict in eastern Ukraine erupted in April 2014 after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and has killed more than 13,000 people. Germany and France helped broker a 2015 agreement signed in Minsk that helped reduce fighting, but clashes have continued and peace efforts have stalled. Zelenskiy, a comedian without political experience, was elected in a landslide in April on promises to end the conflict in the east and tackle rampant official corruption. He said Wednesday he expects to speak to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel later inContinue reading